Reg Tay­lor

Herald on Sunday - - SPORT -

Tay­lor, a vig­or­ous foot­baller in the much-de­bated wing for­ward po­si­tion, was an out­stand­ing mem­ber of some strong Taranaki sides be­tween 1910 and 1914. In 1913, Tay­lor had been in the Taranaki side which lost nar­rowly to the tour­ing Aus­tralians. He was then se­lected for the All Blacks to play against Aus­tralia in the last two tests of the three-match se­ries. Af­ter the first test, the main All Black play­ers went off for their tour of North Amer­ica. The out­break of World War I brought Tay­lor’s ca­reer to an end. Tay­lor left New Zealand in 1915 to serve in the war, and in 1917, he was killed in ac­tion in Bel­gium at the age of 28.

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